Summer Public Service Program – Apply
Eligibility Information for Summer 2022
Students will receive a full fellowship of $6000 (for 400 hours of work over at least ten weeks) or a half-fellowship of $3000 (for 200 hours of work over at least five weeks) at eligible sponsoring organizations. A student with a full fellowship may split their summer between two eligible organizations.
The work must be law-related and supervised by an attorney or by another professional working closely with an attorney (as in a university compliance office). Students are required to perform their work in person. Remote fellowships will be permitted only if the sponsoring organization does not allow students to work in person or the student has a health/family issue related to the COVID pandemic that prevents in-person work. Remote fellowships due to a health/family issue must be preapproved.
This program is only open to Texas Law students. Students who will be graduating in May 2022 do not qualify. A student may not receive academic credit and a fellowship for the same position. A student receiving a fellowship may accept no more than $6000 of additional funding for the position from another source (the sponsoring organization, a separate nonprofit, etc.). A student who is offered more than $6000 of additional funding may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a reduced fellowship.
An eligible sponsoring organization is a:
- government office,
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization,
- 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization,
- international NGO, government office, or intergovernmental organization, or
- legislative office.
Judicial offices, trade associations, unions, and private employers are not eligible. Students with positions in courts may be able to earn academic credit through the Judicial Internship course.
A separate application is required for summer fellowships administered by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. The application deadline is March 11, 2022. See the Rapoport Center website for information.
Application Information for Summer 2022
SPSP applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and each approved student will be notified by email. Applications received by noon on March 11, 2022, will be considered for named fellowships. The final deadline for all applications is midnight on May 13, 2022.
The Justice Center will administer the program through Canvas. To start the application process, send an email to email@example.com and you will be added to the SPSP Canvas site within 2-3 days (and receive a notification email from Canvas). Application instructions and all forms are on Canvas.
To receive a fellowship, a student must:
- submit an application and resume,
- submit an email or letter from the organization confirming the position (a student splitting their summer between two eligible organizations must do this for each organization),
- sign an agreement,
- review training materials in preparation for the position (available as a recording),
- submit a brief description of their work and attest to their hours at the end of the fellowship, and
- evaluate their work experience using the CSO evaluation form for public service positions.
To receive a named fellowship, a student must also:
- appear in a photographs on the law school website, and
- write a thank you note to the donor at the end of the summer.
For examples of photographs of students with named fellowships, see the group and individual photographs here.
To obtain approval for a remote fellowship, a student must:
- submit documentation from the sponsoring organization verifying that it does not allow students to work in person, or
- contact Eden Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the health/family issue related to the COVID pandemic that prevents in-person work and submit an email from her approving their request to work remotely.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com